President’s Message by Michele Strange

michele head shot         MOVING ALONG INTO 2018!

When I think about one year ago, I remember that our branch was coming down from the high of a successful involvement with hosting the delegation from Kosovo. Now, Betty Kruck wants to do an encore. She has applied for another sponsorship of a delegation from Serbia in October 2018 on almost the exact same topic as Kosovo: Judicial Rule of Law/ Combating Domestic Violence.

Our board had approved the application if Betty could find a co-chair. Carlene Roberts has agreed to act in this capacity. so we will be gearing up again for a whirlwind of activity in mid-October. Please see Betty’s article in this issue for more information.

I am looking forward to our next two programs. We are doing something different this month, with an evening meeting including a nutritious heart a healthy meal. In March our meeting will be a joint one with our friends from the Winona Branch. They will be joining us for a panel of local artists and an optional visit to The Pump House.

We have had two candidates apply for the AAUW-WI Scholarship to NCCWSL. We can only recommend one applicant per branch, but we feel that both women are very deserving of our assistance, so the board will be awarding each one at least $500.

March will bring us Women’s History Month with daily bios in the La Crosse Tribune, as well as our very popular International Women’s Day panel. Lois Gilbert has worked hard to get us four panelists. Her committee is made up of representatives from 11 local organizations, who help plan and sponsor the event. Kudos to Lois for all her hard work on these projects.

This year rather than Legislative Day in Madison AAUW-Wisconsin is focusing on Title IX at a Public Policy Day in Neenah. The purpose is to learn more about Title IX and move forward with advocacy. While they urge members across the state to attend, webinars could be hosted by branches with the public invited to attend. The event is from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Feb. 24. The cost which includes lunch is $20 per person. For further information contact Stephanie Malaney, State President (smalaney5@aol.com) or see the separate attachment with this email.

And thanks to everyone for all you do!